We’ve already covered the fact that you’re never getting a full-blown single player story expansion for Grand Theft Auto V. The continued popularity and revenue stream in GTA Online is just too lucrative for Rockstar to shift resources away from. The Cayo Perico Heist that launched on December 15th is the closest you’re going to get to a dedicated single player expansion. Unlike most of the content in GTA Online, (including all the other story-heavy heists) the Cayo Perico job can be done by a solo player from start to finish.
Having completed the heist by myself, I can say that it’s an entirely enjoyable escapade that feels like a throwback to the best missions in the base game. There’s a daring infiltration of a private island fortress, a defunct Soviet submarine dive, lots of shooting, and escaping with your loot is an open affair that leaves you to navigate the island’s defenses however you see fit. The only downer might be the stealth bit which is really unforgiving, but every heist in the regular game had a part that wasn’t aces. It’s a neat mission overall. It just needs Trevor messing up your plans to nail the original game’s standard.
There’s a casino in Grand Theft Auto V. It’s been sitting just off the highway next to the racetrack in Los Santos since the game launched. You can be forgiven for missing it because despite the game’s dramatic heists, no crimes can occur in the Vinewood Casino. In fact, you can’t even go into it. It’s been a missed opportunity for six years.
The next update to Grand Theft Auto Online is adding a casino. The Diamond Casino & Resort will open its doors on July 23rd. It will have poker, roulette, blackjack, and slot machines for your gambling pleasure. The casino features a high-end lounge, luxury pool, and plenty of shopping for your entertainment. There will even be an ultra posh penthouse if you have a real surplus of virtual money to spend.
Will there be a casino heist in the game finally? The info from Rockstar hints at some new co-op missions, but they sound like players will be working for the casino owners, instead of robbing them. But a good heist can have twists and betrayals, so it wouldn’t be inconceivable that you end up stealing from The Diamond at some point. Besides, this is GTA. Just whip out a gun and stick up the joint if you get desperate. I’m sure everything will be fine.
Rockstar Games has announced Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition. It’s the same game that everyone has been playing since 2013, with all the free online updates, plus the Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack which gives new GTA Online players a boost of in-game money, vehicles, clothing, and property. You’ll be almost ready to battle the people that have been playing the game and amassing their criminal loot for almost five years.
That trailer is for the latest game mode coming to Rockstar’s GTA Online. Tiny Racers takes the stunt racing gameplay and moves the camera to a top-down view, turning Grand Theft Auto V’s online circuits into a throwback facsimile of Death Rally or Micro Machines. At this point, why not? GTA Online has changed so much from its initial 2013 incarnation that adding retro arcade racing modes makes sense. It has a Tron mode. There’s werewolf hunting. It won’t be long before GTA Online adds passable Choplifter or Hello Kitty Island Adventure games.
Rockstar is updating Grand Theft Auto V next week with crew activities. The free Executives and Other Criminals patch for Grand Theft Auto Online will add ways for players to enforce their rule on underlings and the city. Along with the usual increase in opulent real estate and clothing, the update lets leaders “hire” other players to be their bodyguards and set incentives like regular pay, experience bonuses, and stat boosts. The boss will also be able to access exclusive co-op jobs and challenges to assign to their hirelings. Finally, these player-run organizations can then muscle in on each other in all-out gang warfare.
Organizations can go head to head in Freemode, with new missions that make full use of the latest executive defense options including new armored vehicle variants, the devastating Turreted Limo and the missile defense systems of the Super Yacht, which also comes with its own suite of supporting vehicle upgrades including the new SuperVolito Carbon helicopter and personal watercraft.
The Executives and Other Criminals update is launching on December 15th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Rockstar has added a Halloween event to Grand Theft Auto V’s online game. The Halloween Surprise adds a spooky hearse and a monstrous hot rod to the vehicles available for purchase, new holiday-appropriate masks and makeup, and an eight-player Slasher adversary mode.
Run, hide, and fight to survive in the darkness as the player designated as the Slasher stalks their prey with a Shotgun. Use your new Flashlight to navigate if you dare, but be careful not to reveal your position or you’ll quickly become prey. Survive for 3 minutes and you’ll get the chance to return the favor with a Shotgun of your own.
Shotgun? In a slasher? Hey, Rockstar! You have a survival knife, hatchet, and machete in your GTA Online weapons list. You could’ve gone with any of those.
The next update to Grand Theft Auto V’s GTA Online will include Freemode Events. The events feature open-world challenges that will randomly pop up while free roaming in Los Santos. You can opt out of them, but then you’d miss the insanity of hunting one player designated a “werewolf,” playing lethal king of the hill, or just arming up and going at it in an all-out turf war. Sounds good, but it’s stuff like this that are keeping single player fans from getting any story-based DLC. In an interview with IGN, Rockstar North revealed that 8 million people play GTA Online each week, and keeping those players happy (and presumably spending money on in-game currency) dominates their development resources.
“Right now our focus is on GTA Online which has exceeded our expectations. We currently have all key members of the team that launched Grand Theft Auto V focused on supporting GTA Online in every capacity.”
Stop it! Stop playing GTA Online right now! If you ever want to see Trevor’s mother again, or find out how Franklin’s ex is doing with her new husband, or what Michael’s next bad movie will be, stop playing so much GTA Online.
One of the big features of the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V is the built-in movie maker. The Rockstar Editor allows players to record and fiddle with gameplay clips. You just snapped off the perfect kill shot on a police helicopter while flipping through the air on a fiery motorcycle. Thank goodness you have the ability to record that footage with a couple of button presses, then edit it into a masterpiece worthy of YouTube or Reddit! Soon, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will have this feature as well. The two console versions are getting the editor next month.
When the update to Grand Theft Auto V hits in September, all three platforms will also get enhancements to the Rockstar Editor like ambient audio and sound effects tracks, improved Director Mode, and better camera controls. You’ll surely get the angle you need for that Trevor pooping clip now.
Oy vey! Back in January, Rockstar announced a slight delay to the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V, pushing the launch date back to March. Well, it’s been pushed back again. This time, Rockstar says the PC version of the open-world crime sim isn’t launching until April 14th. By way of a small apology, the developer is offering another $200k for use in GTA Online to pre-order customers.
Oh, Heists are still coming. No, really. They are. Rockstar promises.
Rockstar has announced a delay for the launch date of Grand Theft Auto V for PC. Instead of January 27th (which seemed suspicious with nary a word over the 2014 holidays) the open-world shooter will be launching on March 24th. The good news is that for those with the systems to support it, the game will feature 1080p with a silky-smooth 60fps with up to 4K resolution and support for triple monitor configurations.
Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1, Windows Vista 64 Bit Service Pack 2
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs) @ 2.5GHz
NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB / AMD HD 4870 1GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11)
65GB HDD space
Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1
Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHZ (4 CPUs) / AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHZ (8 CPUs)
NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD7870 2GB
65GB HDD space
GTA Online for PC will launch alongside the singleplayer game. The long-awaited Heists mode will launch on consoles in the coming weeks, and will be available for the PC version afterwards.
Grand Theft Auto in first person mode. What was once the territory of crazy mods that broke Rockstar’s open-world gameplay more than they helped, will now be official. IGN reports that the new Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions of Grand Theft Auto V will offer an optional first person mode. Far from being a half-baked effort, Rockstar says they’ve rebuilt aspects of the game to account for the new point of view.
“There’s stuff that just doesn’t exist in third-person: the weapon recoil, the reloads, the weapon switching. All of the weapons have been up-rezzed and animated properly, so the shells come out the right way and have the right muzzle flashes. I think we created 3,000 animations on weapons alone.”
The new version of Grand Theft Auto V will launch on November 18th for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The PC version will be released on January 27th.
Rockstar is once again warning eager fans of Grand Theft Auto V that there is no way for normal peasants like them to try out the beta of the coming Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC version of the game. No matter what they do, regular gamers will not get in. No begging, cajoling, or pleading will result in a shiny new beta code emailed to them. Websites purporting to have beta codes are not legitimate. The only way to officially play the game is to buy the old and busted Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions, which prior to launch also spurred similar fake beta access scams.
“If you see ads or solicitations to join a beta program, beware as this is likely some type of online phishing scam.”
Grand Theft Auto V for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will launch on November 18th. The PC version is scheduled to release on January 27th of 2015. You will not be in the beta.
We’ve talked before about various methods of traversal in open-world games. Some games get it right, and some get it very wrong. Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V gets it mostly right. Driving the streets while jamming to the in-game radio is a great way to get immersed in the faux SoCal setting. On the other hand, the times when the player isn’t in a car can be frustrating. Walking and running is sometimes a chore thanks to the slow shuffle, goofy turns, and Rockstar’s insistence making you hammer a button to get your character to run.
Color me surprised then that Super Meat Boy co-creator Tommy Refenes has been walking across Los Santos to raise money for family medical needs. Just ambling along. It took him a little over six hours to make it from one end of the open-world to the other. He started streaming his Grand Theft Auto V march on October 9th to get donations to pay for his mother’s service dog. Once the pledges passed the $15,000 goal, Refenes vowed to put the extra money raised towards another person’s dog. He’s since walked across the maps of Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Maybe casually strolling through open-world games is a better option than violently careening through traffic, while shooting an Uzi? Nah.
Rockstar Games has updated Grand Theft Auto V’s online mode with the High Life patch. The update adds more clothing, cars, a bullpup rifle, the ability for players to own two properties at the same time, and a new “Mental State” stat that tracks how much of a troublemaker you are during the free roam portion of the online game and tells everyone else about it. Think of it as a jerk indicator.
If you seem to enjoy attacking pedestrians and terrorizing other players, then your blip will start to turn red on other players’ maps. The redder the blip, the more psychotic the player; the whiter the blip, the friendlier they are.
The actions you take will have varying effects on your Mental State. For example, killing another player will turn your blip red faster than blowing up a car or taking out a random pedestrian. Killing a player with a white blip will push your Mental State into the red faster than killing more psycho players, while taking out full-on psycho players won’t cause your own Mental State stat to increase at all.
Mental state also factors into matchmaking – you’ll automatically join Freemode sessions containing people more ‘compatible’ with your play style, and if a red-blipped lunatic does enter your session, you at least have fair warning!